By Mary Branson
Harvest is a site-specific intervention on farmland beneath Box Hill during September 2018. In developing this project, Mary Branson explored the relationship of the local farming community to the land, the processes and rituals of harvest time and the impact of the changing climate on their work. Harvest is an illuminated artwork highlighting some of the unseen work that goes into shaping the landscape that is often taken for granted.
Our changing climate has had a particularly damaging result on farming this year with the drought causing a much reduced crop of hay at Box Hill Farm. Mary Branson’s installation features sixty six ‘invisible’ bales – illuminated outlines, the dimensions of hay bales, arranged in the same formation used in farming across the lower field.
‘It’s a rare privilege to be able to create an art work for such a beautiful location as Lower Box Hill Farm. Observing the fields harvest cycle has been a real eye opener, seeing the delicate balance faced each season with the increasingly extreme weather conditions. This is the story that has shaped my installation’.
– Mary Branson, 2018.